The White Bird of Paradise [Strelitzia Nicolai], so named after its white flower resembles the head of the bird, with a white crest and purple beak. Please note though that this beauty is unlikely to flower 'in captivity'! Although not related to true bananas, it has large banana like leaves that stand tall and really bring the tropical feel into your home. A magnificent evergreen houseplant that will elevate any space.
Native to Southern Africa.
Positioning + Light Needs
A lot of bright, natural light but fairly limited direct sun is perfect.
Water whenever first couple of inches of soil are dry in Spring and Summer months. Less so in Winter, let the soil dry out between waterings.
Yes please, I enjoy high humidity so mist me every few days, especially in the Winter months when the heating kicks in.
Feed me once a month every Spring and Summer.
Re-pot about every second year or so. Keep your eye on the roots outgrowing its pot.
Child / Pet Friendly
No, all parts toxic.
As a houseplant, very unlikely unless she's with you for several years growth and is supremely looked after.
Look out for
Splitting leaf tips: don't worry, this is a natural occurrence as the plant matures.
Browning leaves: usually down to too low humidity and /or under watering.